Benchmark Results: File Compression And Power Consumption
7-Zip makes good use of additional cores and improvements to IPC. Thus, Ivy Bridge at 4.5 GHz scrapes out a win against the 4.8 GHz Sandy Bridge-based chip.
WinRAR benefits from high clock rates and extra cores, so Ivy Bridge finishes last, despite its better performance per clock.
Even overclocked, the Core i7-3770K is one of the most energy-friendly enthusiast-oriented CPUs we've seen. Despite its high performance, the whole system’s 52 W idle power draw, which includes a Radeon HD 6850 graphics card, is very impressive.
At maximum processor load, Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture struggles for victories in our performance metrics because it's forced to run 300 MHz slower than last generation's Sandy Bridge design. For the most part, though, improvements to performance per clock keep the two CPUs fairly even.
As we can see, though, Ivy Bridge's power draw is a good deal lower. Naturally, that bodes well for Ivy Bridge's outcome in our efficiency measurement. The Core i7-3960X clearly demonstrates superior performance, but it does so at the cost of 68% higher power draw. It's not efficient, clearly. That's the price for maximum performance, though.
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1. Are there plans to release any K CPU's without the HD4000? will they OC higher?
2. Any chance of intel releasing a second stepping of K-series IB chips?
i agree that SB chips spoiled the OC world by making OC so easy and fruitful. IB has nothing to compare it to except SB.Reply
Good old Intel. No competition and look what happens, the new generation is barely an upgrade over the previous. Anyone remember Intel PII 450s and the PIII 450s?Reply
I'm not sure why the reviewers spent so much time figuring out the shrink made the core more dense, and somehow thought this was significant. I mean, really, this happens virtually every shrink, and this time the power dropped more than normal. Common sense should be telling people this is not the cause, but somehow people aren't understanding this.Reply
It's very interesting that replacing the paste makes so much difference. This is obviously something Intel is aware of, since they do plenty of testing, and obviously chose anyway. Would a few pennies be worth it for a processor that is clearly on the higher end of the scale? Probably not.
Most likely, they want to keep selling their real high end processors, and it just won't do to have the 3770K beating their 2011 processors, or being very competitive with the successors to that line when they come out. It makes perfect sense. The 3770K is still a great processor, but if you're really looking for the best, it simply will not do. You're forced to buy the more expensive 3960X, and later the even better IB successor to it, which you can bet will have far better paste, and so will overclock significantly better.
It's genius. A great product for the vast majority, while leaving more expensive products as the best option for that elite that will actually spend $600 to $1000 for a processor.
Well done, Intel. It's not like AMD has anything to say about it.
Without the baseline clock for clock comparison (4.5 sandy vs 4.5 ivy), i'm afraid these results are pretty much useless. It's like doing an uncontrolled experiment and passing it off as real science.Reply
as the manufacturing process gets smaller = Smaller die size, supposed to be cooler temperature,Reply
but, with small die size = small area for heat dissipation,
...an irony that needs to be solved.
Recommending a closed loop liquid cooler? really?Reply
They perform worse than decent air coolers. The lower end ones (think corsair's h60) perform like mid-low range air coolers and cost more. The better ones (h100 or antec's 920) perform on par or worse and with more noise than a similarly priced noctua. If noctuas looks too ugly for you, phantek and several others offer similar performing models.
The only reason to get closed loop lc is for looks. I admit they do give your build a nice clean look. That doesn't warrant "So, we're recommending a closed-loop liquid cooling setup, at least" though. If you'd changed that to "We're recommending higher end aftermarket coolers for a decent oc", it would've made more sense.
Anyway, I'm just nit-picking a single line from the article. All in all, it was a good read. It just makes me upset to hear wrong advice.
there is no performance advantage over the i7 2600k except for power consumption. I better buy an i7-3930k.Reply
Absolutely true, digiex.......not far off the animal world parallel - check out the different temperature regulation methods here between large and small animals, particularly how difficult it is to regulate as the size becomes smaller.Reply
I would like claims that Ivy Bridge procesor is overheating considerably more then Sandy Bridge addressed. And I thin k Intel really should make a better overall product and not cheat us like this.Reply